Lord of Secrets
Heath Grenville is the problem-solver for London’s elite. Unmask the devious cretin skewering the ton with audacious caricatures? With pleasure. His success should keep the powerful happy. But when his work leads him to a young lady outside his class, surely he won’t do anything so scandalous as to fall in love…
By day, Miss Eleanora Winfield is a proper, unremarkable paid companion. By night, Nora’s skillful hands sketch the infamous penny caricatures rocking high society. Nora desperately needs the money…and her anonymity. But how can she keep them both, when she’s fallen for the one man whose livelihood and reputation requires him to expose her?
Lord of Secrets is the fourth book of a new series. In the Rogues to Riches historical romance series, Cinderella stories aren’t just for princesses… Sigh-worthy Regency rogues sweep strong-willed young ladies into whirlwind rags-to-riches romance.
Release Date: June 2018
Series Order: Rogues to Riches #5
Length: 300 pages (70,000 words)
Genre: Historical Romance (Regency)
ISBN: 978-1943794089 (ebook) MSRP: $4.99
ISBN: 978-1943794164 (mmpb) MSRP: $8.99
Audiobook available on Audible, iTunes, Amazon, and WhisperSync.
The Rogues to Riches romance books in Series Order:
#1 Lord of Chance April 2017
#2 Lord of Pleasure May 2017
#3 Lord of Night July 2017
#4 Lord of Temptation March 2018
#5 Lord of Secrets June 2018
#6 Lord of Vice Autumn 2018
Series: Rogues to Riches #5
Release Date: June 15, 2018
Heath Grenville, is heir to the Grenville barony, older brother to Dahlia, Camellia and Bryony and the secret-keeper/problem solver of the ton. He has promised his mother that he will pick a bride this season and marry. His bride will of course have the proper bloodlines, wealth and connections to be a future Baroness and while he secretly has hopes and dreams of a much different life, he accepts that this is the life he was born into and has a duty to the title.
Eleanora “Nora” Winfield is Heath’s complete opposite, orphaned and taken in by her ailing grandparents, Nora has worked non-stop for years trying to keep her family fed. When the chance to act as a temporary companion to her distant cousin arises, she takes it. London society has been an eye opening experience for Nora. In London she is invisible and as a paid companion, she is treated pretty much as a servant. Nora has secrets too, first she has problems reading and writing and second she is an artist. For fun she sent some cartoonish drawings home to her family and is horrified to learn that her brother sold them and the publisher wants more – paying more than she is earning as a companion! She doesn’t like the idea of doing scandalous cartoons, but how can she deprive her family of the much needed funds?? She reasons that she is not creating gossip and she is never intentionally cruel. She meets Heath at a ball and is immediately smitten – as is he. He is disappointed to learn that she is not of his class and therefore is not baroness material – but he can’t seem to stay away.
When Lady Roundtree (Nora’s cousin/employer) hires Heath to unmask the mysterious cartoonist – they end up spending more and more time together. After a print of his sister is released, Heath is furious and redoubles his efforts to find the artist. He also decides that Nora is the woman for him despite the difference in their stations and decides to court her.
But when Nora’s secrets are revealed, will Heath be able to forgive her for her deception?
I thought this was a great read, not too heavy, but clearly giving insight into the class differences in regency England. I loved Nora, she is a loving, loyal and generous person, Heath was a wonderful friend and brother, but a bit of a snob. The secondary characters are great and his sisters are priceless, the love scenes are warm and well done. I did feel like the ending/conflict resolution was a bit rushed and quickly resolved. I loved that the last chapter was 4 months later and then there was an epilogue as well – BONUS! This book is the fifth book in the series, but it can be read as a stand alone title with no problems. If you have been following the series, you will probably recognize some events as this book’s timeline is the same as Lord of Pleasure.
*I am voluntarily leaving a review of an uncorrected eARC provided to me by NetGalley and the publisher.*